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  1. #1
    Mark Lipton Guest

    Default [LONG] Barcelona, part 2 - wines

    On the Air France flight:

    NV Heidsieck Monopole Brut
    nose: lightly toasty
    palate: slightly creamy, modest acidity, lemony

    '07 La Vieille Ferme Blanc Côtes de Ventoux
    nose: slightly floral, minerals
    palate: simple, correct, decent acidity

    '04 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva
    nose: meaty, floral
    palate: red, plummy fruit, perhaps slightly cooked, meat, chalky tannins

    Dinner at Monvínic:

    '07 Dönnhoff Tonschiefer Riesling Trocken
    nose: stones and peaches
    palate: bone dry, grapefruit, high acidity

    (with a salad of tomatoes and shrimp, dressed with oil)

    '07 Telmo Rodriguez Rueda 'Basa'
    nose: green, herbal
    palate: crisp, lean, modest fruit

    (with a selection of charcuterie)

    '00 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Clos des Epeneaux
    nose: initially Bretty, later turning into pencil lead and tart raspberry
    palate: bright, chalky tannins, deep red berry fruit

    (with a mushroom salad and pigeon with parmentier)

    [N.B.: I had asked Cesar, the sommelier, for advice on which '00 Burg to
    open, this one or a Chandon de Briailles Corton. His response was that
    the latter was still very tannic, so we opted for the former and had no
    regrets]

    Wines at El Celler de Can Roca:

    NV Albet i Noia "El Celler" Cava
    nose: floral, lightly fruity with herbal overtones
    palate; delicate mousse, good acidity, very lightly toasty, creamy
    texture, herbal finish

    This was a mixture of Xarel-lo (the major component), another grape I
    didn't write down and Chardonnay (in minor quantities).

    '07 Rebholz Riesling Trocken "Im Sonnenschein"
    nose: stones, floral, citrus
    palate: grapefruit and stones

    '05 Can Ràfols dels Caus Xarel-lo 'Pairal' Penedés
    nose: slight hint of botrytis, slight note of oxidation
    palate: high acidity, dry, slightly oxidative

    Hidalgo 'La Panesa' Jerez Fino
    nose: butterscotch, nutty
    palate: bone dry, nutty, oxidative Sherry flavors

    '07 Bodegas Valdesil Valdeorras
    nose: minerals, citrus, a hint of flowers
    palate: crisp acidity, off-dry

    On first whiff, this Godello struck me as very Muscadet-like. In the
    mouth, the off-dry character distinguished it. An altogether lovely wine.

    '06 Clos Mogador Clos Nelin Priorat Blanco
    nose: alcohol, butter, licorice
    palate: acidity, rich mouthfeel, white stonefruit

    This wine tasted like Roussanne, but is more likely a blend of Grenache
    blanc with Macabeo. On its own, the wine was a bit hot, but paired with
    the sea bass with olives, this wine was superb. Quite a revelation.

    '03 Clos Martinet Priorat
    nose: Zinfandel!! spice, pencil lead
    palate: high acid, spice, Zinberry fruit

    One sniff of this and I turned to Jean and asked her, "What does this
    smell like?" Her instantaneous response was "ZInfandel," thereby
    confirming that I hadn't lost my marbles. Lively red berry fruit really
    reminded us of a well-made Zin, made only a little less believable by
    the high acidity. Not overextracted or overripe.

    '04 F. Villard St.Joseph
    nose: hints of Band-Aid, red fruit
    palate; forward fruit, grapefruit acidity, gamey complexity

    '90 Lustau Oloroso Abocado
    nose: nutty, butterscotch
    palate; acidic entry, nuts, peanut butter on the finish

    '02 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf RIesling Auslese Gaisbhöhl
    nose: orange, apricot, botrytis
    palate: high acidity, citrusy flavors

    Fernando de Castillo Pedro Ximénez Jerez
    nose: raisins, baking spices
    palate: intense, thick, raisiny

    Monvínic revisited:

    '05 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben
    nose: hint of petrol, lime, stone fruit
    palate: crisp acidity, rich mouthfeel, citrus

    '07 Dönnhoff Riesling Dellchen
    nose: lime, apricot/peach
    palate: medium body, fruity

    Bodegas Pedro Domecq Palo Cortado Capuchino
    nose: slightly oxidative, instensely nutty
    palate: dry entry, spicy, long finish

    Additional wine:

    '08 Torres de Casta Rosado
    nose: fresh strawberry fruit, stones
    palate: crisp acidity, bright, light fruit

    (End of travelogue)
    Mark Lipton

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  2. #2
    Michael Pronay Guest

    Default Re: [LONG] Barcelona, part 2 - wines

    Mark Lipton <[email protected]> wrote:

    > This was a mixture of Xarel-lo (the major component), another
    > grape I didn't write down and Chardonnay (in minor quantities).


    The other grape is either Macabeo (= Viura) or Parellada.

    M.

  3. #3
    Mark Lipton Guest

    Default Re: [LONG] Barcelona, part 2 - wines

    Michael Pronay wrote:
    > Mark Lipton <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>This was a mixture of Xarel-lo (the major component), another
    >>grape I didn't write down and Chardonnay (in minor quantities).

    >
    >
    > The other grape is either Macabeo (= Viura) or Parellada.


    That makes sense, and my best guess is that it was Macabeo, but I just
    didn't get it written down before I forgot. It's my age showing

    Mark Lipton

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  4. #4
    Lawrence Leichtman Guest

    Default Re: [LONG] Barcelona, part 2 - wines

    In article <h1kenc$snc$[email protected]>, Mark Lipton <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > On the Air France flight:
    >
    > NV Heidsieck Monopole Brut
    > nose: lightly toasty
    > palate: slightly creamy, modest acidity, lemony
    >
    > '07 La Vieille Ferme Blanc Côtes de Ventoux
    > nose: slightly floral, minerals
    > palate: simple, correct, decent acidity
    >
    > '04 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva
    > nose: meaty, floral
    > palate: red, plummy fruit, perhaps slightly cooked, meat, chalky tannins
    >
    > Dinner at Monvínic:
    >
    > '07 Dönnhoff Tonschiefer Riesling Trocken
    > nose: stones and peaches
    > palate: bone dry, grapefruit, high acidity
    >
    > (with a salad of tomatoes and shrimp, dressed with oil)
    >
    > '07 Telmo Rodriguez Rueda 'Basa'
    > nose: green, herbal
    > palate: crisp, lean, modest fruit
    >
    > (with a selection of charcuterie)
    >
    > '00 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Clos des Epeneaux
    > nose: initially Bretty, later turning into pencil lead and tart raspberry
    > palate: bright, chalky tannins, deep red berry fruit
    >
    > (with a mushroom salad and pigeon with parmentier)
    >
    > [N.B.: I had asked Cesar, the sommelier, for advice on which '00 Burg to
    > open, this one or a Chandon de Briailles Corton. His response was that
    > the latter was still very tannic, so we opted for the former and had no
    > regrets]
    >
    > Wines at El Celler de Can Roca:
    >
    > NV Albet i Noia "El Celler" Cava
    > nose: floral, lightly fruity with herbal overtones
    > palate; delicate mousse, good acidity, very lightly toasty, creamy
    > texture, herbal finish
    >
    > This was a mixture of Xarel-lo (the major component), another grape I
    > didn't write down and Chardonnay (in minor quantities).
    >
    > '07 Rebholz Riesling Trocken "Im Sonnenschein"
    > nose: stones, floral, citrus
    > palate: grapefruit and stones
    >
    > '05 Can Ràfols dels Caus Xarel-lo 'Pairal' Penedés
    > nose: slight hint of botrytis, slight note of oxidation
    > palate: high acidity, dry, slightly oxidative
    >
    > Hidalgo 'La Panesa' Jerez Fino
    > nose: butterscotch, nutty
    > palate: bone dry, nutty, oxidative Sherry flavors
    >
    > '07 Bodegas Valdesil Valdeorras
    > nose: minerals, citrus, a hint of flowers
    > palate: crisp acidity, off-dry
    >
    > On first whiff, this Godello struck me as very Muscadet-like. In the
    > mouth, the off-dry character distinguished it. An altogether lovely wine.
    >
    > '06 Clos Mogador Clos Nelin Priorat Blanco
    > nose: alcohol, butter, licorice
    > palate: acidity, rich mouthfeel, white stonefruit
    >
    > This wine tasted like Roussanne, but is more likely a blend of Grenache
    > blanc with Macabeo. On its own, the wine was a bit hot, but paired with
    > the sea bass with olives, this wine was superb. Quite a revelation.
    >
    > '03 Clos Martinet Priorat
    > nose: Zinfandel!! spice, pencil lead
    > palate: high acid, spice, Zinberry fruit
    >
    > One sniff of this and I turned to Jean and asked her, "What does this
    > smell like?" Her instantaneous response was "ZInfandel," thereby
    > confirming that I hadn't lost my marbles. Lively red berry fruit really
    > reminded us of a well-made Zin, made only a little less believable by
    > the high acidity. Not overextracted or overripe.
    >
    > '04 F. Villard St.Joseph
    > nose: hints of Band-Aid, red fruit
    > palate; forward fruit, grapefruit acidity, gamey complexity
    >
    > '90 Lustau Oloroso Abocado
    > nose: nutty, butterscotch
    > palate; acidic entry, nuts, peanut butter on the finish
    >
    > '02 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf RIesling Auslese Gaisbhöhl
    > nose: orange, apricot, botrytis
    > palate: high acidity, citrusy flavors
    >
    > Fernando de Castillo Pedro Ximénez Jerez
    > nose: raisins, baking spices
    > palate: intense, thick, raisiny
    >
    > Monvínic revisited:
    >
    > '05 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben
    > nose: hint of petrol, lime, stone fruit
    > palate: crisp acidity, rich mouthfeel, citrus
    >
    > '07 Dönnhoff Riesling Dellchen
    > nose: lime, apricot/peach
    > palate: medium body, fruity
    >
    > Bodegas Pedro Domecq Palo Cortado Capuchino
    > nose: slightly oxidative, instensely nutty
    > palate: dry entry, spicy, long finish
    >
    > Additional wine:
    >
    > '08 Torres de Casta Rosado
    > nose: fresh strawberry fruit, stones
    > palate: crisp acidity, bright, light fruit
    >
    > (End of travelogue)
    > Mark Lipton


    Thanks for the notes Mark. Sounds like a 50th birthday well spent.

  5. #5
    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: Barcelona, part 2 - wines

    On Jun 21, 12:59*am, Mark Lipton <not...@eudrup.ude> wrote:
    > On the Air France flight:
    >
    > NV Heidsieck Monopole Brut
    > nose: lightly toasty
    > palate: slightly creamy, modest acidity, lemony
    >
    > '07 La Vieille Ferme Blanc Côtes de Ventoux
    > nose: slightly floral, minerals
    > palate: simple, correct, decent acidity
    >
    > '04 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva
    > nose: meaty, floral
    > palate: red, plummy fruit, perhaps slightly cooked, meat, chalky tannins
    >
    > Dinner at Monvínic:
    >
    > '07 Dönnhoff Tonschiefer Riesling Trocken
    > nose: stones and peaches
    > palate: bone dry, grapefruit, high acidity
    >
    > (with a salad of tomatoes and shrimp, dressed with oil)
    >
    > '07 Telmo Rodriguez Rueda 'Basa'
    > nose: green, herbal
    > palate: crisp, lean, modest fruit
    >
    > (with a selection of charcuterie)
    >
    > '00 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Clos des Epeneaux
    > nose: initially Bretty, later turning into pencil lead and tart raspberry
    > palate: bright, chalky tannins, deep red berry fruit
    >
    > (with a mushroom salad and pigeon with parmentier)
    >
    > [N.B.: I had asked Cesar, the sommelier, for advice on which '00 Burg to
    > open, this one or a Chandon de Briailles Corton. *His response was that
    > the latter was still very tannic, so we opted for the former and had no
    > regrets]
    >
    > Wines at El Celler de Can Roca:
    >
    > NV Albet i Noia "El Celler" Cava
    > nose: floral, lightly fruity with herbal overtones
    > palate; delicate mousse, good acidity, very lightly toasty, creamy
    > texture, herbal finish
    >
    > This was a mixture of Xarel-lo (the major component), another grape I
    > didn't write down and Chardonnay (in minor quantities).
    >
    > '07 Rebholz Riesling Trocken "Im Sonnenschein"
    > nose: stones, floral, citrus
    > palate: grapefruit and stones
    >
    > '05 Can Ràfols dels Caus Xarel-lo 'Pairal' Penedés
    > nose: slight hint of botrytis, slight note of oxidation
    > palate: high acidity, dry, slightly oxidative
    >
    > Hidalgo 'La Panesa' Jerez Fino
    > nose: *butterscotch, nutty
    > palate: bone dry, nutty, oxidative Sherry flavors
    >
    > '07 Bodegas Valdesil Valdeorras
    > nose: minerals, citrus, a hint of flowers
    > palate: crisp acidity, off-dry
    >
    > On first whiff, this Godello struck me as very Muscadet-like. *In the
    > mouth, the off-dry character distinguished it. *An altogether lovely wine.
    >
    > '06 Clos Mogador Clos Nelin Priorat Blanco
    > nose: alcohol, butter, licorice
    > palate: acidity, rich mouthfeel, white stonefruit
    >
    > This wine tasted like Roussanne, but is more likely a blend of Grenache
    > blanc with Macabeo. *On its own, the wine was a bit hot, but paired with
    > the sea bass with olives, this wine was superb. Quite a revelation.
    >
    > '03 Clos Martinet Priorat
    > nose: Zinfandel!! spice, pencil lead
    > palate: high acid, spice, Zinberry fruit
    >
    > One sniff of this and I turned to Jean and asked her, "What does this
    > smell like?" Her instantaneous response was "ZInfandel," thereby
    > confirming that I hadn't lost my marbles. *Lively red berry fruit really
    > reminded us of a well-made Zin, made only a little less believable by
    > the high acidity. *Not overextracted or overripe.
    >
    > '04 F. Villard St.Joseph
    > nose: hints of Band-Aid, red fruit
    > palate; forward fruit, grapefruit acidity, gamey complexity
    >
    > '90 Lustau Oloroso Abocado
    > nose: nutty, butterscotch
    > palate; acidic entry, nuts, peanut butter on the finish
    >
    > '02 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf RIesling Auslese Gaisbhöhl
    > nose: orange, apricot, botrytis
    > palate: high acidity, citrusy flavors
    >
    > Fernando de Castillo Pedro Ximénez Jerez
    > nose: raisins, baking spices
    > palate: intense, thick, raisiny
    >
    > Monvínic revisited:
    >
    > '05 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben
    > nose: hint of petrol, lime, stone fruit
    > palate: crisp acidity, rich mouthfeel, citrus
    >
    > '07 Dönnhoff Riesling Dellchen
    > nose: lime, apricot/peach
    > palate: medium body, fruity
    >
    > Bodegas Pedro Domecq Palo Cortado Capuchino
    > nose: slightly oxidative, instensely nutty
    > palate: dry entry, spicy, long finish
    >
    > Additional wine:
    >
    > '08 Torres de Casta Rosado
    > nose: fresh strawberry fruit, stones
    > palate: crisp acidity, bright, light fruit
    >
    > (End of travelogue)
    > Mark Lipton
    >
    > --
    > alt.food.wine FAQ: *http://winefaq.cwdjr.net


    Happy birthday and anniversary!
    Sounds like nice trip.
    Glad the Comte Armand is drinking well, lots of 2000s are.
    Interesting you could get so many non-Spanish wines.
    My experience was Godello is limited, but I've liked ones I tried,
    though Santiago warned me there's much junk

  6. #6
    Mark Lipton Guest

    Default Re: Barcelona, part 2 - wines

    DaleW wrote:

    > Happy birthday and anniversary!
    > Sounds like nice trip.
    > Glad the Comte Armand is drinking well, lots of 2000s are.
    > Interesting you could get so many non-Spanish wines.
    > My experience was Godello is limited, but I've liked ones I tried,
    > though Santiago warned me there's much junk


    Thanks, Dale. The two places most of the wines come from (Can Roca and
    Monvínic) are likely exceptions within Spain. The former is owned by a
    guy with an importing business and the latter was founded by a obsessive
    wine lover (a la Veritas). Regarding Godello, here's what Victor de la
    Serna just told me:

    There are several other interesting godello producers in Valdeorras,
    Bierzo and Ribeira Sacra now. The names to remember are A Tapada
    (Guitián), Rafael Palacios (As Sortes), Valdesil, Joaquín Rebolledo,
    Godeval (who are the people who brought the variety back from
    near-extinction in the 1970s) and Telmo Rodríguez (Gaba do Xil).

    Lastly, I notice that some sites like Snooth list Verdelho as an
    alternate name for Godello, which apparently comes from Jancis Robinson.
    However, both the producer of Valdesil and VdlS disagree:

    Note that you can get godello from northern Portugal too, but in that
    case the grape's called gouveio.

    Mark Lipton

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